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Learning Circles

What is a learning circle?

Learning Circles are educational courses for people to take in a social, peer classroom setting. They cover a range of interests. The sessions are lightly facilitated by library staff hosted at Wichita Public Library locations. Some programs may meet once while others may meet consecutively for several weeks.

Who is it for?

Learning Circles are for anyone with at least basic technology skills who wants to take an online course but may feel uncertain about doing so or lacking motivation working by themselves. While still working at your own pace, you’ll be among others who may provide the support and motivation to complete the course.

How do I get started?

Find a class below that you are interested in. Click the link that takes you to the registration page on the Peer 2 Peer University Learning Circles. While registration is required for each course, all Learning Circles are FREE!

Class List

Fake News, Facts, and Alternative Facts

Originally presented by the University of Michigan, this course highlights why fake news is a problem, where it comes from, and what we can do to safeguard against it. Leave with new skills to be responsible news consumers and a number of tools at your disposal for assessing the information you encounter.
One class only on Saturday, June 24, 1-5 p.m., Central Library

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Art of Poetry

This course, offered previously at Boston University and taught by Robert Pinsky & other poets, will focus on elements of the art such as poetry’s historical relation to courtship, techniques of sound in free verse and more. Learners are encouraged to think truly, carefully and passionately about what the poem says, along with how the poem feels in one’s own voice.
Starts Thursday, June 29, 5:33-7:33 p.m., runs 6 weeks, Central Library

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Resume, Networking, and Interview Skills

Resume, Networking, and Interview Skills

Learn how to present yourself as an attractive potential employee. This career development course will help you highlight your skills and stand out in the crowd through your application materials, networking opportunities, and interviews.
Starts Tuesday, August 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., runs for 4 weeks, Evergreen Branch Library

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Make a Website

Make a Website

In this course you will learn how to convert digital design mockups into static web pages. We will teach you how to approach page layout, how to break down a design mockup into page elements, and how to implement that in HTML and CSS.
Starts Wednesday, August 9, 4-5:30 p.m., runs 3 weeks, Central Library

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Rise of Superheroes and their Impact on Pop Culture

Join the Smithsonian, and comic book industry legend Stan Lee, in this self-paced course to explore the history of the comic book and the rise of superheroes. From Superman® and Spider-Man®, to The Avengers® and The Hulk® and beyond, how have they evolved from folklore and myth, across all cultures and religions?
Starts Monday, August 14, 6-7:30 p.m., runs 6 weeks, Central Library

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Music Technology Foundations

This music course will show you how to apply new technologies to your own creative practice. Each week you’ll complete creative practical tasks in freeware and browser based apps. This practical work is underpinned with historical context and essential theory.
Starts Tuesday, September 12, 6-7:30 p.m., runs 6 weeks, Central Library

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Javascript Basics

In this course, you'll explore the JavaScript programming language by creating an interactive version of your résumé.
Starts Wednesday, September 13, 4-5 p.m., runs 3 weeks, Central Library

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How to Cook Healthy Meals

Learn how to eat healthy, save money and cook easy, tasty recipes with the EatFresh.org Mini Course.
Starts Wednesday, September 13, 6-7:30 p.m., runs 3 weeks, Alford Branch Library

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Social Media: What No One Has Told You About Privacy

Social Media: What No One Has Told You About Privacy

In this workshop we discuss the emergence of social media, how the concept gained popularity and has now become the axle in collaborative communication on the Internet. We follow this with a presentation of basic approaches that you can use to protect your data and more importantly your privacy on these platforms.
Starts Monday, October 23, 2-4 p.m., runs 2 weeks, Central Library

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Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees

Every day people fleeing war and persecution find the door slammed in their face. What rights do refugees have? Who is responsible for upholding and protecting them? Learn how to find the answers and empower yourself to defend and promote the rights of refugees and discover how you can be part of the solution.
Starts Monday, November 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., runs 3 weeks, Central Library

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